Who's who

Who's who

​There will be names and titles you'll come across when you first begin teaching. Don't feel like you have to learn everything in your first week. If you are unsure of what someone's role is within the school - ask.

Beginning teachers will be assigned a mentor or buddy to help them with such questions. Use the information below to become familiar with position titles you may come across in your school.

School staff

The number of employees in a school depends on student enrolment numbers.

The lists below represent an example of school staff. Schools may have other titles for positions - you will need to become familiar with these.

  • Leadership team
  • Specialist staff
  • Ancillary and support staff

Leadership team

  • Principal
  • Deputy Principal
  • Head of School
  • Head of Junior School/Early Years
  • Head of Junior Secondary
  • Head of Senior School/Senior Years
  • Head of Department (HOD)
  • Head of Curriculum (HOC) or Curriculum Coordinator
  • Head of Special Education Services (HOSES)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) Coordinator
  • Year Level Coordinator
  • Subject Area Coordinator
  • ICT Coordinator

Specialist staff

  • Advisory Visiting Teacher (AVT)
  • Class Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) Teacher
  • Health and Physical Education (HPE) Teacher
  • Instrumental Music Teacher
  • Languages other than English (LOTE) Teacher
  • Music Teacher
  • Subject-Specialist Teacher (secondary)
  • Support Teacher (Literacy and Numeracy) (ST[LaN])
  • Teacher-Librarian or Resource Teacher
  • Registered nurse
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Guidance Officer

Ancillary and support staff

  • Teacher Aides
  • Cleaners
  • Schools Officers (Grounds and/or Facilities)
  • Chaplain
  • Religious Instruction Teachers
  • Volunteers

DoE organisational structure

The DoE​ Organisational Structure ​provides comprehensive information on the departmental structure.​

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Last updated
01 February 2018